Personal info of 170,000 Student Taken

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Valdosta State University in GA had a security breach on one of their servers. The grades and SSN’s of 170,000 students was taken. While the IT director says: An initial investigation has found no evidence that any personal data was accessed or transferred… An additional new release states: unauthorized access to a computer server including Read More

Risk Management in Your Practice

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Part of a self assessment and policy is understanding what makes sense. This NPR article notes some instances of poor risk management. Any business in the medical industry needs to fully understand the risk in loading a laptop (or other mobile device) with PHI. Quite frankly, I can’t come up with a single reason a Read More

The Healthcare Time Bomb: HIPAA 5010

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There is a “Time Bomb” ticking in the healthcare industry that is more important that the crazy healthcare debates that is taking place in Congress. This revolves around the ability to get medical billing to the insurer for reimbursement and receiving successful payment. This is the process that if not done properly in January 2011, Read More

HITECH, HIPAA and Your Practice

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An excellent article by Dom Nicastro discussed the 5 major stumbling blocks that an auditor in Oregon has noticed lately. I expand on two of the stumbling blocks, they listed below. Lack of a risk analysis – Many organization have possibly executed on risk analysis, most have never even done one. This should include, but Read More

HIPAA 5010 Clarified

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What you should know about HIPAA 5010. HIPAA 5010, more formally transaction code set 5010, or as it is officially called: Accredited Standards Committee X12 005010 Technical Report Type 3s, is something that your EHR/PM vendor needs to deal with, though there is a coding side to this that must also be addressed. You should Read More